'America's Next Top Model Cycle' 21: Kelly Cutrone doesn't want the competitors to be buddies

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When the 21st cycle of "America's Next Top Model" kicks off Monday (Aug. 18), there will be the usual gorgeous people hoping to parlay their looks into great careers.

But there will also be drama -- lots more drama in the second cycle featuring men and women.

"There is a lot of romance that goes on in the house this year," Ken Mok, executive producer, tells Zap2it. "A lot of romance. It starts almost immediately so there is a lot of interesting dynamics in terms of romance and conflict. This season has the most fireworks than any season we have had."

The guys add more drama, says Mok who has worked on every cycle of the show. This season takes the hopefuls to South Korea.

As always, they will live in a house in Los Angeles, in the Hollywood Hills and the backyard is so lovely that the show staged some of the photo shoots there.

Tyra Banks returns to host, and J. Alexander, "Miss J.," joins Kelly Cutrone, a publicist whose clients include high-end designers and who has served as a judge before. The audience is the fourth judge. Viewers votes' online are tallied.


What this contest has repeatedly proven is modeling is a whole lot more than posing and smiling.

"There is a lot that goes into modeling that people don't really realize," Cutrone says. "A lot of times people think, 'pretty, skinny, tall' or 'hot and gorgeous.' There are absolutely breathtaking people who shoot horribly, and people you wouldn't look at twice without hair and makeup and they are unstoppable."

As with any goal, much of it is mental. Among the more common mistakes aspiring models make is rejecting the advice the experts give. 

"The other thing is being buddy-buddy," Cutrone says. "Holding hands? These are your competitors. One of the guys in the house helps style one of the other guys. Why are you helping him? You should let him have his bad taste."

The winner receives $100,000 and a modeling contract.
Photo/Video credit: The CW